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  • eighteen_pumpclip Intrepid Brewing Company - The guys at 18 bikes had expressed an interest in a collaborative brew for a while so for our eighteenth batch of beer we joined forces. We provided the brewery, they provided the bikes... for more on that check out the video provided by the fantastic Richard Baybutt - it is available on the brewery website.
  • drone ipa Drone Valley Brewery - A new brew has just been popped into the fermenter which will appear in time for the Three Valleys Beer Festival. It hails from Dronfield’s Community Brewery, now officially known the Drone Valley Brewery, in honour of the small river that flows through our little town.
  • TMB13 Nobody Steel City Brewing - Steel City have gone all political in the wake of the election results! (A quick word from the editor - CAMRA is a non party political organisation - views here are from the brewer, who also advocates a system of democracy of one-man-one-vote as long as he is the one man with the one vote...)
  • AbbeydaleBelfry Abbeydale Brewery - Firstly like to thank all those who came down to the beer tent at the Sheffield Food Festival (although as I'm writing this, its still a couple of weeks away!) and supported their local breweries and food outlets/suppliers.
  • ArcadeHi-Res-300x301 Acorn Brewery - The latest seasonal beers from Acorn include: Arcade 4.5% - Rich golden ale that takes its name from the UK Archer and USA Cascade hops. Citrus, lime and floral aromas, balanced with a sweet malty base from the Munich and Maris Otter malt. This brew is Ian Darvils first beer for Acorn and upon tasting I'm sure you will see what an accomplished brewer Ian is.
  • brew_20079 Fuggle Bunny Brewhouse - What an extraordinary year. We moved into our unit on 1st February 2014 and started producing our ales on 26th April.
  • landscape brewed in Sheffield-page-001 Exit 33 - Special one off versions of Exit 33 Imperial Stout are making an appearance on the bar at The Harlequin including interpretations infused with toasted coconut, morita chipoltles, vanilla, and lactose (milk sugar).
  • IMG_5315 Pass it on… Brew school at Welbeck Abbey! - From mother to daughter, father to son, teacher to pupil; passing on knowledge and the joy of learning and is one of the many unique aspects of being human.
  • Slovak paradise Welbeck Abbey - A number of Spring specials have been brewed and started to appear in pubs during May.
  • wpf316440e_06 Dronfield Arms - The Dronfield Arms has just received planning permission to install a small brewery in the former restaurant area downstairs at the pub.

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Festivals

Below is a guide to events in or near Sheffield that we are aware of over the next few weeks.

Hope Valley Beer & Cider Festival

Thu 21 – Mon 25 May

The second festival of the year hosted at the Old Hall Hotel in Hope, this sees a range of up to 40 real ales and 20 artisan ciders featured in a tent outside the pub along with food and entertainment. The Old Hall is on the main road as you first arrive in the centre of the village and is easy to get to from Sheffield – buses 272/273/274 go there with buses hourly at most times, additionally Hope railway station on the Sheffield-Manchester line is about 10-15 minutes walk away.

Sheffield Food & Drink Festival – Brewers Co-operative beer tent

Sat 23 – Mon 25 May

Once again this year Sheffield Food Festival will be taking place in the city centre over the spring bank holiday weekend bringing with it the return of the world famous Sheffield Brewers Co-operative. Local brewers Exit 33, Wood Street, Blue Bee, Kelham, Abbeydale & Sheffield have all got their act together to hit beer drinkers far and wide with the best they’ve got! Staffed by mainly the brewers themselves the Peace Gardens bar will play host to 1 flagship, core beer brand from each brewery served on hand pump plus another special/seasonal beer of their choice gravity fed, beer festival style!

The beer list as this goes to print is as follows, but please be aware this may be subject to change.
Abbeydale – Corruption – 4.7% – Deep Golden
Abbeydale – Moonshine – 4.3% – Pale
Blue Bee – American 5 Hop – 4.3% – Pale
Blue Bee – Simcoe IPA – 5.0% – IPA
Exit 33 – IPA – 5.1% – IPA
Exit 33 – Mosaic – 4.1% – Pale
Kelham Island – California Drinking – 4.8% – Amber
Kelham Island – Pale Rider – 5.2% – Pale
Sheffield – Five Rivers – 3.8% – Bitter
Sheffield – Forgemasters – 4.8% – Pale
Wood Street – Lemmon – 4.0% – Pale
Wood Street – Maple – 4.6% – Golden

The beer tent will be open for business on Saturday 23rd May 11:00 – 22:00, Sunday 24th May 11:00 – 21:00 and Monday 25th May 11:00 – 21:00. Come down, say hello and talk to us brewers – We’re all a friendly bunch!

Follow our happenings on Twitter @SheffBreweries or see what’s going off @sheffoodfest – sheffieldfoodfestival.org

Belper Goes Green – Amber Valley CAMRA

Fri 29 – Sun 31 May

The beer festival is organised by Amber Valley CAMRA at Belper Rugby Club with around 30 real ales plus cider, it is about 5 minutes walk from the bus and rail station. Open 6pm-11pm Friday and 12pm-11pm Saturday with free entry at all times. The beer festival runs alongside the annual Belper Goes Green Eco-Fest which takes place on the Saturday and Sunday which features all sorts of stalls and sustainable attractions!

Three Valleys Festival

Sat 6 Jun

A massive choice of real ales plus cider, entertainment and food – plus normal pub attractions – spread across 18 different venues with a free bus linking them and railway stations at Dronfield and Dore every half hour from midday until 11pm.

So catch the train to Dronfield, join the bus at the station and hop on and off trying the different beers, foods, entertainment and atmosphere each venue offers!

The venues are:
Barlow Brewery, Barlow
Castle Inn, Bradway
Coach & Horses, Dronfield
Dronfield Arms, Dronfield
Green Dragon, Dronfield
Hyde Park Inn, Dronfield Hill Top
Jolly Farmer, Dronfield Woodhouse
Manor House Hotel, Dronfield
Miners Arms, Dronfield Woodhouse
Miners Arms, Hundall
Royal Oak, Coal Aston
Shepley Spitfire, Totley Rise
Talbot Arms, Dronfield Woodhouse
Three Tuns, Dronfield Hallowes
Tickled Trout, Barlow
Travellers Rest, Apperknowle
Victoria, Dronfield
White Swan, Dronfield

www.threevalleysfestival.org.uk

Rotherham Real Ale & Music Festival

Thu 11 – Sat 13 Jun

The big annual festival at Magna Science adventure centre with over 200 real ales, all on handpump, across several unique rooms along with a range of cider & perry, wines, food and live music. Discount entry for CAMRA members. A shuttle bus operates to the festival from Meadowhall Interchange (various trains, trams and buses run to Meadowhall from Sheffield Centre).

www.magnarealale.co.uk

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Awards

  • IMG_0960 Pub of the Year - At the recent branch AGM, the winners of our Pub and Club of the Year competitions were announced by outgoing branch Chairman Alan Gibbons.
  • IMG_6056 National Club of the Year - CAMRA recently announced the winner of their National Club of the Year Competition as Wortley Men's Club, which beat off competition from over 28,000 clubs nationwide.
  • Exposed Awards - Exposed Magazine presented their Sheffield awards on the 12th March and a number of real ale outlets won awards. ‘Best Traditional Pub’ went to the Fat Cat, ‘Best New Bar’ went to the Beer House Micropub, ‘Best New Restaurant’ went to Anchorage. Best local Brewery was awarded to Kelham Island Brewery.
  • Steel City Beer Awards - Several teams of judges blind tasted all the beers in the festival by category on the opening night. The category winners were then judged against one another to produce an overall winner.
  • OffLicenceNewsAwards Best beer off in the North! - The country’s best beer retailers were honoured at the inaugural Celebrate British beer Awards held at the House of Commons last night.
  • POTS WINTER14-15 MINERS ARMS HUNDALL Pub of the Season Winter 2014/15 - Our Dronfield & District sub branch have voted the Miners Arms at Hundall as the winner of their Winter Pub of the Season award.
  • Anglers Rest DPOTY July presentations - A select crowd headed out to the Anglers Rest at Millers Dale for the presentation of our District Pub of the Year award.
  • gate troway Dronfield Pub of the Season Summer 2014 - Members of our Dronfield & District sub-branch have voted to award their Summer Pub of the Season to the Gate Inn at Troway.
  • P1020749 Pub of the Month May 2014 Presentation - The Closed shop team were presented with their winners certificate on an enjoyable evening that also featured a beer festival, games and a chip butty based buffet.

Shop News

  • IMG_20150410_105919 Hop Hideout expands - After 16 months trading within Vintedge on Abbeydale Road, the award winning Hop Hideout has moved location to an independent neighbouring shop at 448 Abbeydale Road; nestled alongside the original unit in the Antiques Quarter.
  • OffLicenceNewsAwards Best beer off in the North! - The country’s best beer retailers were honoured at the inaugural Celebrate British beer Awards held at the House of Commons last night.
  • DSCF1873 The Beer Stop @ Dronfield - In addition to a number of very good pubs, a new craft beer off licence has opened in Dronfield in December
  • beer-central sds proper logo Beer Central celebrates first anniversary - “The bells were ringing in Beer Central last month as they celebrated their first birthday on the 25th November.
  • HopHideout Hop Hideout celebrates first birthday - Sheffield based specialist beer shop, Hop Hideout, is celebrating its first anniversary after opening its doors in November last year.
  • DSC_0494 Beer Central - Beer Central have just celebrated their first six months of trading down in the Moor Market and continue to sell an excellent range of bottles, cans, mini-kegs and gift boxes.
  • img_2604 New Sheffield beer shops - StarmoreBoss (above) is a new boutique and bespoke off-license retailing specialist quality wine, craft beer and intriguing spirits.

Other News

  • Worksop & Retford Brewery story continues - Local Sheffield CAMRA members, Dave Pickersgill and John Stocks gave an illustrated talk, 'The Worksop and Retford Brewery,' at The Station Hotel, Worksop on Thursday 26th March.
  • beer-master-standing-cropped Win a year’s worth of beer with our “Beer Master’s Tache” competition - This year’s Great British Beer Festival will be hosted by the BEER MASTER, who has used all of his extensive knowledge to select more than 900 of the best beers, ciders and perries from Britain and overseas.
  • DSC_0494 Beer Central - Beer Central have just celebrated their first six months of trading down in the Moor Market and continue to sell an excellent range of bottles, cans, mini-kegs and gift boxes.

Pub News

  • Neepsend Brewco Sheaf View - The Sheaf View, Heeley will be hosting a night not to be missed on Tuesday 9th June. We are delighted to be accepting the Sheffield CAMRA pub of the month award for June 2015 and are also taking the opportunity to celebrate the fifteenth anniversary of the pub re-opening under it's current ownership.
  • Planning news – pubs under threat and some new ones! - Potential lost locals...
  • theplough640 Save the Plough! - With over 20 pubs a week closing, another local under threat is not headline news and many people may not give it a second thought. However, a group of local residents have launched a strong campaign to save the Plough Inn on Sandygate Road, Crosspool.
  • Harlequin pic Harlequin - The Harlequin now has a dedicated Cider Bar meaning that 3 of its 14 real ciders are available on hand pull. The rest are still available, obviously, but if you're desperate for a pint to fill the 30 seconds required for someone to run to the cellar, you'll not be left thirsty.
  • STITCH half pint marathon The Half Pint Marathon - A collaboration between Thornbridge Brewery and Forum Cafe Bars LTD will have you reaching for your (half) pint glass this spring.
  • Tap & Barrel - The Tap & Barrel on Waingate in Sheffield City Centre is under new management. Real Ale has been introduced to the bar and food is on its way too. This pub is described as a down to earth, good honest boozer frequented by a good mix of people from all walks of life.
  • Three Merry Lads, Lodge Moor - Staff at The Three Merry Lads pub in Lodge Moor, Sheffield will be attempting to break the Guinness World Record for the longest BBQ Marathon as a team.
  • old hall lounge Old Hall Hotel, Hope - The Old Hall Hotel at Hope suffered a serious fire on Friday 10th April, thought to be caused by a fault on the deep fat fryer which saw the extractor fan blow a fireball up into the roof space.
  • beer engine pumps The Beer Engine - The Beer Engine on Cemetery Road/London Road is now open and already proving a hit amongst beer drinkers.
  • The-Manor-House-photos-Exterior-Außenansicht Manor House Hotel, Dronfield - The Manor House Hotel have announced their plans for Three Valleys Festival on Saturday 6th June

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Inn Brief

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    The Springvale Tavern has just had a fourth beer pump put in, which was kindly provided by Bradfield to serve Farmers Blonde as a house beer.  The pub has also now passed both parts of Cask Marque and launched a new menu.

    The Rutland Arms in Holmesfield have demolished their outdoor pizza oven, which saw very little use, in order to extend the outdoor seating area so drinkers can enjoy the summer sunshine (fingers crossed!).

    The Old Pump House in Barlow has reopened under new management and is serving real ale from Marstons.

    The Great Gatsby on Division Street, Sheffield City Centre, has reopened following refurbishment. Two real ales continue to be available on the bar. Meanwhile the upstairs room has been converted into a table service cocktail bar.

    Wetherspoons have announced the name and opening date of their new pub in the Oasis Food Court at Meadowhall shopping centre. It will be known as the Steel Foundry and the opening date is planned as 14th July.

    The Brothers Arms is taking part in Tramlines Festival this year and putting on a beer festival with around 60 ales, there will be a music stage in the beer garden from Friday 24th to Sunday 26th July and on the Saturday this will be extended into the Millenium Park where a second stage will be located and the road inbetween is to be closed for the day! This event is being run in conjunction with Heeley Development Trust under the banner of ‘This is Heeley’. See their Facebook event page for more details.

    The Yorkshire Bridge Inn near Bamford held a beer festival over the weekend of 15th-17th May. The breweries featured included Stancill, Chantry, Thornbridge, Amber Ales, Wild Beer Co, Pennine, Bradfield, Kelham Island, Peak Ales and Wylam. Keep an eye on their Twitter feed for details of their next festival.

    The Swan Inn at Ridgeway is another pub in our area that held a beer festival recently on Saturday 16th May, this featured 15 real ales and ran alongside the village’s farmers & craft market.

    A number of special events are coming up at the Devonshire Cat in Sheffield Centre including a beer school, Stouts & Porters night and a Cider Festival – see their advert for more details.

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Campaign News

  • Brief report from the National CAMRA Members Weekend & AGM - A few of us from Sheffield & District branch spent the weekend in Nottingham for the national CAMRA Members Weekend
  • So what actually is this real ale you talk of and what is CAMRA about? - Real Ale, also known as cask conditioned beer (although is also available from bottles or key-kegs as well as casks!), is traditionally the British way of doing the best, freshest craft beer.
  • New committee, new start - The new Chairman is Andrew Cullen, editor of Beer Matters, and we also welcome some new committee members in the shape of Branch Secretary Sadie Skipworth who has recently moved to Sheffield from Norwich, Beer Festival Organiser Louise Singleton and Pubs Officer Mark Boardley.
  • Science, history and brewing at Kelham Island Industrial Museum - As it was both National Science Week and Sheffield Beer Week, it was appropriate to have a beer-themed Science event at the venue of the Sheffield CAMRA Beer Festival.
  • Make your pub an asset of Community Value - Pubs that are listed as Assets of Community Value (England only) require planning permission to be demolished or changed to any other use. In effect existing permitted development rights will be removed for pubs listed as ACVs for as long as the pub is on the local authorities list. These landmark changes can be attributed […]
  • Craft beer becomes an everyday item… but what is it? - The latest Retail Price Index (RPI) now includes ‘craft beer’. Hence, we contacted the Office for National Statistics for their definition: ‘The aim is to pick up prices for a single 500ml bottle of beer. They are not mainstream beers, are usually well packaged and are sometimes considered to be of higher quality. They must […]
  • Ah, the old sparkler question… - While downing a convivial pint with friends at one of Sheffield’s premier cask ale pubs, I was dismayed to find that while the beer was served in oversized glasses, there was an absence of the good thick creamy head which typifies (or used to typify) a pint of fine Yorkshire ale. The little head there […]
  • General Election – are you voting for pubs on May 7th? - We are now just days away from the General Election and the campaigning is well under way. It is crucial that candidates standing in our area recognise how important community pubs and real ale are to you as a potential voter. Already, 772 candidates nationally have pledged their support at the time of writing. A network […]
  • Chameleon-pub-sign-no-background-small Community Pubs Month - April is Community Pubs Month. Pubs are vital resources for their communities, offering a meeting place, providing a social hub and acting as a local landmark that can be used by all.
  • Midlands RHP 2015 cover Heritage column with Dave Pickersgill & Paul Ainsworth - Following the success of the 2014 publication, 'Yorkshire's Real Heritage Pubs : Pub Interiors of Special Historic Interest,' the latest book in the series will become available at the National CAMRA Members Weekend in Nottingham.

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